More than a billion people are hungry, and as the world’s population ages, the demand for food and nutrition continues to rise.
But as more countries face growing challenges like drought and climate change, the food supply is also being stretched by climate change and climate-related threats like climate change-related extreme weather, said Dan Stauffer, chief scientist for the food security organization Oxfam.
That means that food insecurity is likely to increase, and it will be up to us to help the people of the Philippines, he said.
The Philippine Food Security Act, passed in January 2017, gives the government power to regulate the supply of food, but the Philippines has a long history of failing to follow through.
While the act gives the president and the secretary of the agriculture department the authority to allocate some $1.4 billion to address the crisis, it has yet to be implemented.
So far, the Philippines’ food insecurity has been exacerbated by the drought that began in 2016 and has continued into this year, said Daniel S. Gebroen, director of the Center for Food Security and Nutrition at the University of Maryland.
The Philippines is the world leader in food insecurity, but food insecurity in the country has increased due to the drought, which is exacerbating food insecurity elsewhere in the world, Gebrosen said.
“What’s happening in the Philippine case is that they’ve been doing all of this without taking action, without making sure that their food is safe, and with all of the risks that food poses,” he said, noting that it’s impossible to make sure that food is prepared to meet the needs of the Philippine population.
And while there’s a global hunger crisis, there are still more than two billion people who have no access to food, said Gebren, who added that the Philippines is far from the first country to face food insecurity.
In addition to food security, food is a crucial part of economic growth in many developing countries.
But even as global food prices rise and countries grow richer, the impact of climate change is increasingly having an impact on the food sector, said Christopher Bock, executive director of The New York City-based Global Center for Investigative Reporting.
In many countries, the effects of climate-induced climate change are already being felt in areas where the impacts of climate are more severe.
For example, in China, where food prices have been rising faster than in the developed world, people are more dependent on heating water for cooking food.
That’s leading to a growing hunger crisis in parts of China, Bock said.
There is a lot of hunger in many parts of the world because there are very few sources of affordable, safe food, he added.
The world needs to think more about how we prepare for the future, he explained.
But there are also signs that countries are preparing for the crisis by increasing investment in their food supply.
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations reported in February that global investments in food production and food safety increased to $1 trillion for the year through March 2017, the most recent month for which data is available.
In 2017, more than $1 billion was invested in the food and agri-food sector, which includes the preparation, storage, transportation, and distribution of food and agricultural products.
In the Philippines alone, that amount has risen by nearly $500 million.
The country also has been working to increase access to nutrition and food.
In April, the country announced a plan to introduce an online grocery store to provide access to affordable, healthy foods.
And in January, the government announced a program to distribute free food to the poorest Filipinos who are not able to afford it.
But the Philippines isn’t the only country facing food insecurity that is still not getting the help it needs.
In India, food prices are expected to go up further in the coming months, as the country continues to experience dry spells.
Meanwhile, there is a growing body of evidence that climate change could be exacerbating the impacts.
Earlier this month, the United States’ National Academy of Sciences issued a report that warned that climate-driven droughts, including those in the United Kingdom and parts of Europe, could have a devastating impact on food security and food security programs in other parts of Asia.
“The consequences of climate changes are likely to be particularly pronounced in areas of poor governance, where the governance structure of local communities and economic actors is often weaker than it is in industrialized countries,” the report said.
For the Philippines and other countries, these risks are just the beginning.
With climate change being more extreme than ever, food insecurity may only get worse, said Stauffersaid.
“As the world becomes more vulnerable, we need to plan for the worst and plan for solutions that are both effective and sustainable,” he added, noting the Philippines needs to focus on protecting its agricultural industry.
“That means reducing emissions, making sure farmers have access to water, and developing new technologies to protect the land and